We were looking at supervision this week, and in preparation for working on case studies next week, I am thinking about how to offer supportive supervision to my peers. As peer supervision is collaborative, I have thought about questions to ask them so I can understand their process as counsellors, as well as help them if they are stuck. I have also prepared two case studies for using in the group supervision. As I don’t currently work with clients, these are fabricated. I found a Case Study Presentation sheet on the CPCAB’s website, and I used these to prepare my case studies. They can be found underneath this piece of work – I hope you can read my hand-writing. Link to the CPCAB Case Study Presentation sheet: https://www.cpcab.co.uk/public_docs/cst-l3-case-study-presentation-template
If my peers also use the CPCAB Case Study Presentation sheets to prepare their case studies, then they may present a few details before highlighting their problem, and give reasons as to why they brought this particular case to supervision. A few questions based around the client themselves could be useful in clarifying any details that I feel would be useful to know and take into consideration. With regards to the actual problem they are bringing to supervision, a good line of questioning revolves around immediacy; how the situation they are bringing to supervision made the counsellor feel when they were in the room. Immediacy is a tricky one, as it is important to be honest about the feelings moving around inside you, but it is not necessarily prudent to disclose them to a client. If feelings on behalf of the counsellor cause problems, then it may be that the counsellor would want to take the feelings uncovered to supervision, to see if they need to work through an issue.
It can also be useful to link case information to counselling theory, as this helps clarify the needs of the client, as well as identify any blocks to their needs. For example, if a counsellor was having an issue with counter-transference, and this was stopping them from providing unconditional positive regard, then they could bring it to supervision to try and work out who they may be projecting onto the client, and what feelings this projection may be manifesting. If it turns out to be more complex, such as an unresolved issue from the counsellors past then they should probably take it to personal counselling. Then to conclude the session, I feel that a question asking the counsellor to reflect on what they may have learnt by bringing the issue to supervision and then discussing the reflections would be beneficial.